Essie Tribal Text-styles Swatches & Review

Essie Tribal Text-Styles Swatches Review

Send a ‘text message’ with your nails when wearing Essie Tribal Text-styles!

Hailing from the Summer 2016 Collection, Essie Tribal Text-styles brings out your dark (and sparkly) side. You’ll want to dip your claws into this moody superstar!

This shade got me excited because it’s not every day that a mainstream nail-polish company strays from the longtime convention of summer collections favouring bright hues!

For as long as I can remember, I haven’t limited myself to ‘seasonally appropriate’ shades because I believe that self-expression runs the gamut of colours. Wear what makes you happy!

In scorching summers, I have worn a jet-black manicure, and in the dead of winter, I busted out my most flamboyant neons without batting an eyelash.

That’s why it was so incredible to see Essie encourage fellow nail junkies to embrace any colour any time! There are no nail rules etched in stone, and I urge you all to create your own ‘rules’ that are guided by your love of colour and passion for experimentation.

In my swatches later in this post, you’ll be able to see how brilliantly this polish sparkles, especially in the sunlight! In person, it’s even more mesmerizing, as they dance on your nails like tap shoes burning a hole in the ground!

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Essie Tribal Text-Styles Swatch

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Essie Tribal Text-Styles Swatch Review Swatches


Essie Tribal Text-Styles Review

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Essie Tribal Text-Styles Summer 2016 Collection


Essie Tribal Text-Styles

Essie Tribal Text-styles Swatches

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Essie Tribal Text-Styles Swatches Review

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Essie Tribal Text-Styles Swatch Essie Summer 2016 Collection Swatches


  • Black (Yes)

Key Notes

  • Name: Essie Tribal Text-styles
  • Collection: Essie Summer 2016 Collection
  • Press Release: Click here to see the official Essie Summer 2016 Collection press release!
  • Quick Look: Click here to see my Essie Summer 2016 Collection swatches!
  • Colours Available in the Collection: Viva Antigua!, Tribal Text-styles, Loot the Booty, Hiking Heels, Berried Treasures & Coconut Cove
  • Amount: 13.5 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
  • Retail Price: $9.99 CAD
  • Disclosure: This post contains a press sample provided by PR.
  • Where to Buy: Trade Secrets, Nail Polish Canada, salons, drugstores & select beauty destinations (Official launch date: May 17, 2016)

Essie Tribal Text-styles Review


Tribal Text-styles by Essie has a heart of darkness that lends a mysterious and striking quality to your manicure.

I love wearing black nail polishes like this because they create an interesting contrast against my skin tone with no shortage of drama!


Although a solid black manicure can look fierce and gothic, I must say that the sparkly finish of Tribal Text-styles by Essie adds a touch of magic.

Especially in my photos taken in sunlight, you can see how much it twinkles. In person, it’s even more mesmerizing, as the sparkles dance on your nails like its tap shoes are burning a hole in the ground.

Application & Formula

Pigmented and smooth, Essie Tribal Text-styles goes on without a hitch! Even if you’re new to painting your nails, this formula is one of the easier ones to paint with, and I only needed two coats to get fully opaque coverage.


This Essie nail polish doesn’t contain Formaldehyde, Toluene, or DBP.


  • Gothic black is edgy for a summer collection
  • Sparkles keep the base from looking flat
  • Smooth formula is easy-to-paint-with
  • Very pigmented & requires only 2 coats
  • No Formaldehyde, Toluene, or DBP


  • Not the wildest colour in general (However, it isn’t commonly included in summer collections!)

Final Verdict: 9.5/10

Not only do I love the colour, finish, and ease of application, but I’m a fan of what this polish represents in a summer collection! I’m so happy to see a mainstream brand promoting black lacquer in the summer, and I’m looking forward to seeing what else is up Essie’s sleeve!

Were you surprised to see a black nail polish in a summer collection? What else do you think is up Essie’s sleeve for their future collections?


10 thoughts on “Essie Tribal Text-styles Swatches & Review

  1. Melissa

    Such a pretty color and there’s lots of nail art potential. Just curious, how hard is it to remove? I know sometimes shimmers like this can really stick to the nail or the shimmer gets everywhere as you take the polish off. Looks great on you! Thanks for sharing with us! 🙂

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Melissa!

      This nail polish came off very easily and quickly. It also didn’t leave a trace of colour behind, and the shimmer didn’t seem to cling to my cuticles like it sometimes does when I try to remove it. (The manicure is like, “Noooo! Don’t remove me yet. I want to stick around!”) 😉

  2. Laura

    Thank you for showing Tribal Text-styles to us in so many different lights! When I first saw swatches of it, I didn’t think it was very exciting but now I’ve reconsidered! Awesome review! I hope you’ll do Loot the Booty next…

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Laura!

      It’s my pleasure! I love photographing manicures in different lighting because it really gives you a better idea of the polish’s personality. 🙂

      In the sunshine, it is magical, but even in cubicle lighting, I still think it’s pretty!

  3. Cat

    Hi Mary, I agree with you on wearing colors you love and that make you happy, no matter the time of year or seasonally “appropriate” conventions! This one is a beauty, for sure.

    1. Steffy

      Agreed! That’s what I do too 🙂 and I love this, esp that its a 2 coater, my exp with Essie is usually 3-4 minimum so that’s nice. Going to grab this when I see it for sure.

      1. Mary S. Post author

        Yay, Steffy! So happy that you second that motion, too! 😀

        Yup, Tribal Text-styles has an awesome formula. Highly recommend it! It’s super easy to paint with and incredibly pigmented. Considering that you tend to wear Essies that take 3 or 4 coats, I know you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the formula on this baby! ENJOY!

    2. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Cat!

      So glad to hear that you agree! We can set our own ‘rules.’ If that means to throw the traditional rulebook away, then so be it! 😉 Plus I don’t think I could stay away from wearing dark nail polishes in the summer. Too restrictive. I tend to wear my polish based on my mood more than anything else.

  4. Tanya

    Your swatches and write up tell me I need this! I don’t think I can pull off straight black, but that shimmer is gorgeous. Mysterious and sexy! Go Essie.

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Tanya!

      Mysterious and sexy are great ways to describe this polish! 🙂

      It’s my favourite from the collection, and I hope that you will love it as much as I do!


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